Persistent body fat mass and inflammatory marker increases after long-term cure of Cushing's syndrome

María José Barahona, Nuria Sucunza, Eugenia Resmini, José Manuel Fernández-Real, Wifredo Ricart, José María Moreno-Navarrete, Teresa Puig, Jordi Farrerons, Susan M. Webb

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Objective: Although increased central fat mass is characteristic of active Cushing's syndrome (CS), little is known about body composition and secretion of adipokines after long-term recovery of CS. The aim of this study was to evaluate central fat mass and its correlation with adipokines and cardiovascular risk factors in patients after long-term remission of CS. Methods: Thirty-seven women with CS in remission (27 of pituitary and 10 of adrenal origin; mean age, 50±14 yr; mean time of hormonal cure, 11±6 yr) were enrolled and compared to 14 women with active CS and 85 gender-, age-, and body mass index-matched healthy controls. Total and trunk fat mass were measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scanning. Laboratory parameters and adipokine levels [including adiponectin, visfatin, soluble TNFα-receptor 1 (sTNF-R1), sTNF-R2, and IL-6] were measured. Results: Cured CS patients had more total and trunk fat mass than controls. Cured and active CS had higher levels of sTNF-R1 and IL-6 and lower adiponectin levels than controls. Higher insulin levels and blood pressure in both groups of CS patients and higher apolipoprotein B in cured CS were observed compared to controls. sTNF-R1 correlated positively with percentage of trunk fat mass and remained significant after adjusting for anthropometric parameters. Conclusion: Despite long-term cure, patientswhohave suffered CS exhibit persistent accumulation of central fat, as in active hypercortisolemia, with the consequent unfavorable adipokine profile, leading to a state of low-grade inflammation. This situation determines a persistent and increased cardiovascular risk in these patients. Copyright © 2009 by The Endocrine Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3365-3371
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


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